Are Soldiers Still Sacred?
Last week, Israel’s opposition leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced a perplexing decision. Let’s try to understand it without getting upset (update—no reason to get upset: on Monday evening, the Likud party caved under public pressure and the bill passed). The main argument against the opposition is substantive: If you support the troops, why would you vote against the bill? In the daily lives of citizens, when people support a cause, they do not show their support by resisting the cause. The secondary argument against the opposition is political: a large majority of the public supports the soldiers.
Is there a way to defend Netanyahu’s decision? Let’s try. The principled basis is this: The role of the coalition is to pass laws. In fact, he believes, unlike some of his Likud members who initially voiced weak voices of protest, that there will be no political price to pay for his perplexing decision. So you see, the battle isn’t really about the bill.
Which of them is right? Bennett gambled, by presenting the law to the Knesset. I am running a poll on Israel’s morality in handling its foreign affairs. A very large majority of Jews in Israel believe that Israel is a moral state in its foreign and security policy. Frank Neumann responded to last week’s article “Who Killed Shireen Abu Akleh?” He writes: “Why did you not mention the attack on her funeral?” Short answer: I didn’t have enough room to discuss it.
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